The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Man punched by mini-golf customer
An Augusta man was arrested for public drunkenness at a Martinez miniature golf facility Sunday after being punched by a customer.
Aubrey Lee Fuller, 32, of Milledgeville Road, was arrested at Putt Putt on Martinez Boulevard in Martinez, at about 2:15 p.m.
A female employee of the business said Fuller was cursing and causing a disturbance and refused to stop cursing when asked.
She said she asked Fuller to leave when he began cursing and yelling at a family. She said Fuller came at her cursing and yelling, when a 27-year-old customer stepped in.
Fuller cursed at the customer, so the customer punched Fuller in the face.
The customer said he heard Fuller yelling at the employee.
He said he brought his son outside to play miniature golf and Fuller yelled at his son and the employee. He said when Fuller advanced at him, he punched him in the face.
The deputy was unable to get a statement from Fuller due to his level of intoxication, but he tested positive for alcohol.
Fuller was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $500 bond, according to jail records.
Kroger employee caught stealing lottery tickets
An employee of an Evans grocery store was recently caught stealing lottery tickets and collecting the winnings.
Elizabeth Alicia Smith, 25, of Martinez, was a customer service representative at the store on Washington Road. A store loss-prevention employee told deputies on June 25 that between May 20 and June, Smith printed $2,857 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. She also collected more than $800 for the winnings tickets.
Smith admitted to stealing the tickets and was charged with theft by taking.
She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday after posting a $2,600 bond, according to jailers.
Intoxicated man found in closed grocery store
An employee of a Martinez grocery store said he found an intoxicated man in the store after closing early Saturday.
The employee of the Bi-Lo at 4480 Columbia Road said he found John Samuel Williams II, 44, of Milledgeville, Ga., sitting near the beer cooler just after 2 a.m. He said Williams appeared intoxicated. He escorted Williams out while calling authorities.
The deputy said Williams’ speech was slurred, he had trouble standing and walking and he smelled of alcohol. Williams said he consumed two large cans of beer. He then cursed at the deputy and asked to be taken to jail.
Williams gave a Milledgeville address, but wasn’t able to tell the deputy how he got in the store.
Williams was charged with public drunkenness and was being held Monday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $500 bond, according to jail records.